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Bidwell Mansion

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Address: 525 Esplanade, Chico, CA
Phone Number: (530) 895-6144
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An Annual Christmas Outing

We had never been to the Mansion and so glad we finally visited especially at christmas. Beautiful decorations and the historical significance transported you back to another... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Sharron A
Chico, California
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Chico, California
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60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had never been to the Mansion and so glad we finally visited especially at christmas. Beautiful decorations and the historical significance transported you back to another era. our guid was very informative.

Thank Sharron A
Yucca Valley, California
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Worth a visit if you enjoy local and regional history. The Bidwell Mansion was the home of John Bidwell and his wife Annie. John was a pioneer into the region and founded Chico. He became wealthy as a farmer as well as a politician and statesman. The home itself has been beautifully kept up a California State Historic Park. The... More 

Thank KManSafetyDude
Sacramento, CA
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124 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

John Bidwell is the founder of the city of Chico and the mansion is well preserved and a great place to learn the history of the community as well as some information about Bidwell and his wife, Annie. Guided tours step off every hour on the weekends between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Parking is free, but... More 

Thank Mary A
Lodi, California
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102 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

I've been to Chico probably 15x in my lifetime and knew of John Bidwell for the land he gave for Bidwell Park but I had no clue who the man was or his amazing accomplishments. Just reading the brochure online gave me a great look into Bidwell's personal & business life but the tour guide really did a great job... More 

Thank RedZin
East Sandwich, Massachusetts
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131 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

If you are interested in the history of Chico, this is a great place to start. The Visitors Center has an informative exhibit about John Bidwell, the founder of Chico, and how he and his wife Annie shaped the town. There is also a 25 minute film available for viewing. You can then join a 1-hour guided tour of the... More 

Thank Sharon P
Kent, Washington
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160 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

When decorating the Bidwell Mansion, they used old photos and recreated the rooms as closely as possible. When we were there, the top floor was lacking some of the style of the first floor. It is well worth the stop if you are interested in décor, and antique furniture.

Thank Senioronabudget
Chico, California, United States
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40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Take a tour from friendly guides through this gorgeous mansion belonging to our City's founders. Christmas time is the ideal time to visit as they decorate and there are typically barbershop singers caroling and it is fun for the entire family.

Thank Nichole N
Mission Viejo, California
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

I had heard of General Bidwell. But was not aware of he and his wife's influence on California history.

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Chico, California
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

I study at Chico State university i dont relay see much in it you can see the old cars they usto use the only thing i really enjoyed is i got to read the post and it tells you the story of the university and bidwell park. Not much to see in it the university its self is much nicer... More 

Thank Nouf A
Lincoln, CA
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118 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Bidwell Mansion is in the center of Chico. It was built by the founding father of the community - General Bidwell in the late 1800's.

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